from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given in Surinam to the Voandzeia subterranea, a leguminous plant which ripens its pods underground, like the peanut, Arachis hypogœa, and is extensively cultivated in Africa and South America.


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  • Just as a bit comes from the idea of “a bitten-off piece,” or “a bite,” a gobbe meant “a mouthful,” a portion of something larger.

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  • Globish the World Over Nerrière and Hon, 154n gobbe, 192

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  • Some linguists think it’s a variation on an earlier medieval English word, gobbe, as in “gob” or “lump.”

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